New openings: Camm and Hooper, Orchid, K10, Wahaca, Hache, Aubaine
27 February, 2013
A new dining operator, Camm and Hooper, will launch the first in a planned series of openings on in May. Meanwhile, Orchid is rolling out its next generation carveries (pictured). There's openings news too from K10, Wahaca, Hache, YO!, Byron and Aubaine.
Camm and Hooper’s first venue will be called Tanner & Co, and is located on the site of the Delfina restaurant. It will incorporate event and outdoor space, and plans to offer comfort food with a contemporary twist, including a carvery trolley and in-house smoker. Camm and Hooper was launched last year by hotelier Claire Lawson and backed by the Imbiba Partnership, the outfit behind concepts including Drake & Morgan and the recently launched Darwin & Wallace. Lawson said: “Tanner & Co will be a great addition to a destination that is prized for its world class restaurants. It will also represent the first in a series of event spaces that Camm and Hooper will be opening in the capital’s landmark locations. We have created a unique space and are challenging the norms by offering a very different service offering a menu concept for the lively events market.”
The Orchid group is rolling out a new zonal approach to its carvery-style format of pubs for local communities. The look (pictured), which is intended to divide pubs into spaces for different groups, has launched in pubs including the Young Pretender in Kings Langley and the Ainsworth Arms in Manchester. See Orchid carves up new-look format.
Mexican operator Wahaca will open on Islington Green in the spring. It succeeds a Pitcher & Piano there, with the freehold interest in its site having been sold by previous owner Marstons to Leonoscar Proprties.
Modern Japanese concept K10 will open a second restaurant and takeaway in March on Appold Street in the City. It joins the original K10 close by on Copthall Avenue.
YO! Sushi is the latest operator to sign up to Trinity Shopping Centre, the major new retail development in Leeds. It will open—as will the centre—on 21 March.
Byron has opened on Fulham Broadway. It is situated in Bank Buildings.
Fellow ‘better burger’ concept Hache opens its fourth restaurant in Shoreditch this week. It is situated on Curtain Road and joins sites in Camden, Chelsea and Clapham.
Bistro-to-bakery concept Aubaine is opening a seventh site in Hampstead. It will be located on the high street there.
3 Cromwell Road, a new bar, restaurant and club in a three-floor townhouse near the Natural History Museum in South Kensington, has opened its doors. It comprises a ground floor cocktail bar called The Back Room, a downstairs club called The Basement and a first floor restaurant called The Drawing Room, which in keeping with the current trend for simplicity will serve only steak frites, with a choice of salads and dressings. The founders are Dipak Panchal and Howard Spooner, co-owner of clubs including Dukebox, Leopard Lounge and Crazy Larry’s.
Greene King has acquired the Black Bull pub in Folkestone. It will convert it to a Hungry Horse format, to open in the early summer.
Oakman Inns has acquired the Crooked Billet pub in Kingswood in Buckinghamshire, and is relaunching it as the Cook and Fillet.
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